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SFI funding of iCRAG Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences announced

Publication Date: 20 October, 2014


Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, and Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English TD today announced Government and industry funding of €245 million for the establishment of five new world-class SFI Research Centres in Ireland.

One of the five successful proposals is the UCD lead iCRAG Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences. The centre, which will be a collaborative project between UCD, UCC, NUIG and TCD, features five core PI applicants all of whom are members of the UCD Earth Institute in a position to leverage the newly opened research facilities of the Institute at the O’Brien Centre for Science. Lead PI for the centre is Prof John Walsh, School of Geological Sciences, with the UCD co-applicants Prof Chris Bean, Prof. Peter Haughton, Prof. Patrick Shannon and Prof. Frank McDermott.

Speaking at the announcement, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, said: “Today’s announcement will lead to the establishment in Ireland of world-class centres of research excellence and scale which will be game-changers for Irish scientific research.”

iCRAG Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences – Geoscience underpins the discovery of raw materials, water and energy resources that are critical to the world’s economy. With increasing demand and diminishing supply, focused innovations in geoscience are of paramount importance globally. Ireland is home to Europe’s largest zinc mine, untapped hydrocarbon resources in challenging North East Atlantic deep water environments, and a diverse geological framework with important untapped seabed and groundwater resources. The iCRAG centre will carry out research to find and harness these resources whilst protecting the environment.

Form more information on the SFI Centres see here.